A number of teenage ladies seen in a viral video attacking one other group of teenagers aboard a Philadelphia subway practice throughout an incident that was motivated by race are anticipated to be charged with a number of offenses, authorities stated Thursday.
The assault occurred round 3:30 p.m. aboard a SEPTA practice headed southbound from the suburb of Olney. Video footage posted to social media exhibits a bunch of feminine teenagers yelling and berating one other group of teenagers as they’re sitting down.
“This was an assault based mostly on ethnicity, and ethnic slurs have been utilized by the attackers,” SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel advised reporters Thursday. “It was clear that they have been picked on as a result of they’re Asian.”
He stated the assault was unprovoked. Fox affiliate WTXF-TV reported that the ladies initially focused a bunch of Asian males on the practice automotive. They allegedly hurled racial slurs and dumped a smoothie on one among them, the information station stated, citing sources.
Nestel stated there have been 4 feminine suspects – who’re African American – and 4 victims – three males and a feminine.
“I am appalled by yesterday’s assault involving college students on the Broad Road Line. These concerned within the assault have been recognized and will likely be held accountable. I need our residents to know that we are going to not tolerate any acts of hate,” Philadephia Mayor Jim Kenney stated.
Within the video footage, a woman is seen attempting to intervene earlier than she is thrown to the ground and hit a number of occasions. One attacker seems to make use of her shoe to beat the defenseless teen.
Nestel stated SEPTA patrol officers discovered of the assault when the feminine sufferer approached them and reported that she and others had been assaulted in a practice automotive. She was taken to a hospital to be handled for a laceration.
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“She was a hero,” Nestel stated. “She stepped up and advised the ladies to cease saying what they have been saying. She then turned a goal.”
In the course of the investigation, detectives checked subway cameras and pictures of potential suspects have been despatched to officers on patrol. Inside an hour, two suspects have been stopped by an officer.
Since they might not be recognized because the suspected attackers on the time, the officer acquired their names, the varsity they attend and spoke with their dad and mom earlier than they have been launched pending additional investigation. The mom of one of many different suspects reported her daughter as one of many attackers, Nestel stated.
The 4 suspects vary in age from 13 to 16 and are anticipated to face numerous costs, together with ethnic intimidation, aggravated assault, easy assault, recklessly endangering one other individual, and terroristic threats, Nestel stated. Affidavits have been being drawn up Thursday, he added.
As a precaution, he stated an officer will likely be ready on the practice station the place the assault occurred to escort college students.